Fibre Optics

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High-temperature POFs range from -55°C to +105°C

High-temperature POFs range from -55°C to +105°C
Communication links based on plastic optical fibres can be pushed to their limit in high-temperature environments. This is because, in addition to affecting the other components, the transmission of the fibres is reduced at high temperatures. Our partner Toray has helped remedy this situation by introducing a high-temperature POF onto the market that can withstand a temperature range of -55°C to +105°C.
21st November 2016

Stretchy optical fibres for implanting in the body

Stretchy optical fibres for implanting in the body
Researchers from MIT and Harvard Medical School have developed a biocompatible and highly stretchable optical fibre made from hydrogel — an elastic, rubbery material composed mostly of water. The fibre, which is as bendable as a rope of licorice, may one day be implanted in the body to deliver therapeutic pulses of light or light up at the first sign of disease. The researchers say the fiber may serve as a long-lasting implant that would bend and twist with the body without breaking down.
17th October 2016

Major investment in 'living laser'

Major investment in 'living laser'
Photonics, or the practical use of light, will be a key technology for innovation and technological development in this century, just as electronics was in the previous one. Photonics is a necessary tool for large areas of basic research and vital to many societal functions, due to rapid development in areas such as IT, energy monitoring, lighting, medicine and health.
7th October 2016


Optical fibre transmits one terabit per second

Optical fibre transmits one terabit per second
  Nokia Bell Labs, Deutsche Telekom T-Labs and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have achieved unprecedented transmission capacity and spectral efficiency in an optical communications field trial with a modulation technique. The breakthrough research could extend the capability of optical networks to meet surging data traffic demands.
16th September 2016

"To go where no map has gone before"

"To go where no map has gone before"
A 3D sky-mapping project that will measure the light of millions of galaxies has received formal approval from the U.S. Department of Energy to move forward with construction. Installation of the project, called DESI (Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument), is set to begin next year at the Nicholas U. Mayall 4m telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Ariz., with observations starting up in January 2019.
18th August 2016

Next-gen data roadshow begins to tour the UK

‘Building blocks for next-gen data centres' roadshow to display the latest high density optical fibre infrastructure solutions for data centres.
5th July 2016

Measure & validate optical fibres for astronomy

Molex has developed a Polymicro Technologies optical test bench to measure and validate optical fibres used in astronomy applications. The optical fibre measurement system measures Focal Ratio Degradation (FRD) in specific optical fibre samples to determine whether the fibres are appropriate for astronomy applications.
23rd June 2016

Fibre coupler suits CO₂ lasers

Fibre coupler suits CO₂ lasers
LASER COMPONENTS has introduced a fibre coupler for CO2 lasers, which transmits laser light and a pilot beam. The invisible light of CO2 lasers is often transmitted as a free-space beam with complex and expensive articulating optical arms used to guide the light to the required location. With the FiberKey P it is now possible for the first time to guide CO2 laser light in hollow optical fibres to any point and simultaneously transmit the light of a pilot beam.
3rd June 2016

Polarising fibres available for a range of wavelengths

Polarising fibres available for a range of wavelengths
Polarising fibres (PZ) only allow one polarisation of light to propagate along the fibre; the other polarisation will experience high losses. This is different to a polarisation maintaining fibre (PM) which will support propagation of both polarisations. PZ fibres have a specific waveguide design and a high birefringence so that the cut-off wavelength for the two polarisations is different. Coiling the fibre introduces higher losses for one of the polarisations so PZ fibres can be used to create a high extinction ratio ‘all-fibre’ polarisers.
9th May 2016

Solutions for 24G wireless & 32G fiber channel applications

Solutions for 24G wireless & 32G fiber channel applications
M/A-COM Technology Solutions has announced the MASC-37028 and MASC-37029, dual 28Gbps Clock and Data Recovery (CDR) devices with integrated laser driver. These devices are ideal for SFP28 short reach (SR) or long reach (LR) module applications with flexibility in module design. 
24th March 2016


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